Sheltered workshop update

So as this article states, the clock is ticking on Ohio to make some changes by 2019. Now I know I’ve posted before on how changes are needed for shelter workshops. I talk to one parent who said they pay like three or four dollars an hour, almost have what people who don’t have a disability get paid.

Since my son is still not there yet, I forget what those and their families have to be worried about when and/or if the changes happen in Ohio, here in Missouri and elsewhere. This article, entitled “Changes Looming For Sheltered Workshops” by Alan Johnson over at Disability Scoop really brought that home.

Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian

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Finding the sun

Now I’ve been following this story for a little while, about Sheltered Workshops and how states are looking at alternatives. Well, anyway, it looks like at least the state of Minnesota is headed that way. I think that I need to reach out to my local state representative to find out what Missouri is doing.

In fact, I know a local store owner (whose son is also autistic) that I’m going to get in touch with in part because we had a discussion about the Sheltered Workshops a few weeks ago and how they pay so little. After I do that, I’ll let you know what happens.

Oh yea, the article I read today about these is entitled “States Developing Alternatives To Sheltered Workshops” by Chris Serres via the Star-Tribune and over at Disability Scoop. I also need to talk to my state representative about ABLE accounts. So much to do and so little time but at least I feel motivated.

Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian

Domino effect

Here’s some more news on the sheltered workshop courtesy of Disability Scoop. It seems another state, this time Oregon, is headed in the same direction as Vermont (and perhaps Minnesota).

Again, as the article states, at issue is the fact that “…individuals with developmental disabilities who wanted to work in community-based settings were instead stuck in jobs at sheltered workshops earning less than minimum wage”.

The article is entitled “Judge Approves Shift Away From Sheltered Workshops” by Shaun Heasley.  Missouri, hello? Are you listening?

Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian